Aloha! Hawaii’s Big Island is the setting for the season’s fashion, jewels and sunglasses, modeled by Sui He and photographed by Alistair Taylor-Young for the May 2013 issue of The Book by Neiman Marcus.
NM media manager Mackay Boynton escaped to the seaside city of Charleston, South Carolina for a long weekend. He shares his personal photos and must-dos.
To See: Charleston is such a great walking city. No car needed. You can tour many of the historic houses. Walking down King Street (my favorite) you will find antique shops, art galleries and restaurants. A quick day trip to Kiawah Island to see the ocean is also a must.
To Stay: Market Pavilion Hotel. The bar on the roof has an amazing view of the city and the water.
To Eat: Shrimp and grits at Magnolias!
To Pack: Jeans and knits were perfect for daytime. At night, when it was much cooler, I’d add a sweater or a light jacket.
Don’t leave Charleston without… Trying the local food, referred to as Low Country food. The She Crab soup is a Charleston favorite.
I headed West for 3 days of music, sun and fun under the desert palm trees at Coachella. From the Indio Polo Field to the Parker Palm Springs, I captured the stylish scenes of the festival’s opening weekend.
1. Joie crochet top + shorts
2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Floral Mini Satchel
3. Miu Miu round sunglasses
4. Tolani multicolored printed shorts
5. Namrata Joshipura ikat turban
6. Free People a-line lace dress
7. Sheryl Lowe bangles
8. Laurence Dacade gladiator
9. Marc by Marc Jacobs pack rat backpak
10. Mara Hoffman pow cutout one-piece swimsuit
Is Sydney the new fashion capital? Fashion insiders are increasingly making the long trip to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, making it ripe with fashion inspiration for all of us.
Oscar de la Renta has launched Essential Luxuries, a collection of six scents evoking the worldly life of one of fashion’s most gracious bon vivants.
Santo Domingo is a citrusy, spicy tabac fragrance inspired by the Dominican Republic, Mr. de la Renta’s birthplace.
Granada refers to his life in Spain, where he moved in his youth to study painting and became an apprentice to Cristobal Balenciaga. The scent is an homage to the lush gardens of the Alhambra.
Oriental Lace alludes to the opulent textures in his most celebrated runway collections.
Mi Corazon is a white floral bouquet associated with his devotion to family. He created it for his daughter Eliza Bolen.
Sargasso is a watery, green scent channeling the air and vegetation where the Sargasso Sea touches the shores of Punta Cana.
Coralina is named for an opalescent, ginger-colored stone indigenous to the Dominican Republic. He used the stone to unify many of his habitats and signature spaces. Now it stands for the refinement and femininity of the Oscar woman.
Desiree Gruber, co-creator of Project Runway and cofounder of Theodora & Callum wears the line’s travel-inspired textiles on her own journeys, including a recent family vacation in the Dominican Republic.
To Do: This trip was all about family time, which I love. We made s’mores on the beach, hunted for snails on the shore, got into giant jigsaw puzzles, played music with the locals – all relaxed and very fun!
To Stay: Villa Castellamonte Del Mare in Cabrera
To Eat: Delicious local fare – tostones, empanadas, whole roasted chicken, arepas, flan and birthday cake in my brother’s honor.
To See: All the beautiful wildlife. My son Callum and I love to search the beach for shells, crabs, any kind of sea life we can find. We examine their behavior, shells and colors. Lots of printspiration!
To Drink: Fresh fruit smoothies.
To Wear: Classic pieces with bright accessories.
To Pack: A scarf to wear as a dress, skirt or sarong and definitely a Theodora & Callum caftan – so great for lounging with family or walking on the beach. Also, a Michael Kors swimsuit, Rachel Zoe flat snakeskin sandals, sunblock and activity books for Callum.
Theodora & Callum is available at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills.
The NM team descended upon SXSW to immerse ourselves in technology, music, food and Austin style. As any SXSW attendee will tell you, it’s an overwhelming experience because there’s just so much to do at any moment. Here’s just a taste!
See: Sixth Street.
Listen: South by Southwest not only attracts a tech-y crowd, musicians from across the globe head to the nation’s live music capital for the festival. Even before the music portion of SXSW kicks off, you can catch up-and-coming artists performing at SXSW Interactive parties. A few acts we caught between panels and after hours: Girl Talk, Ra Ra Riot, White Panda, Tomorrow We Move to Hawaii, The Tontons and Neon Indian.
Stay: If you plan on attending SXSW, book your hotel months in advance. The festival brings thousands of people to the city and hotels book up fast! The Driskill and Hotel St. Cecilia are some of our favorite places to stay. (Or just hang out.)
Drink: Watermelon mojitos, jalapeno grapefruit margaritas & Austin BeerWorks.
Party: The Facebook brunch.
Wear: The vibe in Austin is relaxed-cool, always with a touch of hippie. SXSW staples: Military-esque boots and parkas, wedge sneakers, retro sunglasses, distressed denim and warm-weather leather.
Shop: The Man Repeller x PJK at CUSP by NM pop-up shop, Uncommon Objects, Room Service Vintage and Hog Wild Vintage.
Learn: Some of our favorite fashion people were attending and presenting at the festival. Nina Garcia and Randi Zuckerberg spoke on the future of fashion on the “Style Goes Viral” panel and the ladies behind the Twitter handles @Bergdorfs, @DKNY, @KateSpadeNY gave diverse insights into what it’s like to do social media for a major fashion brand.
—By Kristen Spaulding and Sarah Bray
Santa Fe, New Mexico, might seem an unlikely spot for a boutique publishing house—and a nonprofit, no less. But not to Radius Books Publisher and Creative Director David Chickey, who “ended up in Santa Fe the same way a lot of people do, by happenstance. I came for a friend’s wedding and stayed.” That was 21 years ago. Chickey, who also serves as co-owner of Skolkin+Chickey design studio, founded Radius in 2007 with a group of similarly creative Santa Feans. Their mission: To encourage, promote, and publish books “of artistic and cultural value for a wide audience. Our projects are distinguished in both form and substance: beautiful objects by important artists of all ranks.” When Chickey says beautiful objects, he’s not kidding. The Radius catalog is studded with gems such as the limited-edition monograph of Los Angeles painter-sculptor Charles Arnoldi—presented in plywood as a nod to his iconic Chainsaw works in chiseled plywood. Or the archival print mounted to diasec to “reflect and refract” the watery image that accompanies Renate Aller: Oceanscapes—One View— Ten Years, by the German-born artist who has photographed the Atlantic Ocean from the same vantage point for a decade. But creating limited editions and trade books “respectful of artists” is only half the story. “It’s critically important for us as a nonprofit to get books out to an audience that otherwise wouldn’t see them,” says Chickey. To that end, Radius donates 300–500 titles of each book published to rural libraries, schools, and art programs, some 350 institutions in all. The Radius space on East Palace Avenue also serves as an exhibition gallery and home for artist talks, seminars, and workshops. “We try to expand the idea of what’s possible in a book form and what you can do with books,” says Chickey. We say, mission accomplished.
Dig out those Dr. Martens, and start practicing your snarl. PUNK: Chaos to Couture takes over the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute May 9 through August 11. Acknowledging what curator Andrew Bolton calls punk’s “incendiary influence on fashion,” the multimedia exhibition will focus on how designers appropriated and adapted the visual symbols of punk’s anarchic DIY aesthetic. Will Anna Wintour pogo at the Gala Benefit? We doubt it. But just look at all the punk references on the Fall 2013 runways. It won’t be hard for attendees to get on theme.